A single vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting on flowered fabric.
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Nanny Burke's Buttercream

A Cape Breton grandmother's simple vanilla frosting recipe.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Baking
Keyword: vanilla frosting, vanilla buttercream, American-style frosting recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 cups icing sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Place everything in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low until sugar and butter are combined. Increase speed of mixer and mix 2-3 minutes.

Notes

For firmer texture use 1 1/2 cups butter and 1/2 cup shortening.
Halving the recipe also works and frosting freezes well.
Icing sugar is also called confectioner's sugar or powdered sugar.